College is necessary

Is College Necessary?

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Is College Necessary? Well it depends who you ask. From a young age, children are told that if they want to get a good job, they must go to college. It is anchored in our societal beliefs that college education offers more money, which leads to success. Numbers Support these beliefs and show that people who go to college and get a bachelor's degree make more money than people with a high school diploma.

The data suggests that in order for students to succeed, they must go to college. The majority of young people hear these messages. In 2015, the percentage of students enrolling in college in the fall after high school graduation was 69 percent. In 2017, some 20.4 million students were projected to attend an American college or university, an increase of about 5.1 million since the fall of 2000. And those numbers are expected to rise over the course of 2000 next decade.

Is College Really For Everyone, And Graduates To Real Happiness? Education organizations want us to think that way, but isn't it happiness anymore to discover our talents, find our passion, and find a job that encompasses our strengths?



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What about the student who has no interest in going to college? Does that mean this student is doomed to an unsuccessful life? There could be a number of reasons why some students may not be interested in post-secondary education, such as:

  1. They don't know what to do.
  2. You need a temporary break from school.
  3. They don't think they need a college education to do what they want.
  4. They march to the beat of their own drums and live day after day.

As difficult as it may be for some to admit, college is not for everyone, and that's fine. Just because some teens forego college doesn't mean they won't succeed. In fact, there are many successful people who haven't graduated from college.

5 successful people who did not graduate from college

  • Steve Jobs - the founder of Apple - dropped out of Reed College after one semester. The legacy of jobs has forever shaped the technology and business industries.
  • Ellen DeGeneres - Left the University of New Orleans after one semester. Ellen worked hard to get to the top as a comedian, TV presenter, actress, writer, producer, and LGBT activist.
  • Michael Dell - follows his parents' dreams After becoming a doctor, he enrolled as a pre-med major and dropped out after a year at the University of Texas at Austin. Dell is ranked the 39th richest person in the world by Forbes with a net worth of $ 23.7 billion as of April 1, 2018.
  • Rachael Ray - chose not to go to college or culinary school, but that didn't stop her from becoming a very successful celebrity chef. Rachael spent most of her life learning the skills she needed in the kitchen and started her first business, a grocery gift basket, while she was in high school.
  • Alicia Keys - After graduating as a valedictorian from the Professional Performing Arts School in Manhattan at age 16, she signed a contract with Clive Davis and attended Columbia University for less than half a semester to focus on her music.

Some would argue that these artists, entrepreneurs, and celebrities are exceptions to the rule. Maybe that's true, but who should say our children are no exception? Life is more about helping them find the things that pique their interest and spark their passion.



What can a parent do if their child doesn't have the same dream of college as they do? Well, forcing them to do something they are not ready for is not the answer. Nor is it the answer when they give up their dreams to pursue ours. The answer lies in helping our children develop something tangible goals to support their dreams, not ours.

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5 ways to help teenagers find their passion

1. Ask and listen. If we want to know our child's hopes and dreams, all we have to do is ask, then listen. If we give them the opportunity to describe themselves, their interests, and their future goals and dreams, we will know better how to help them figure out what they want to do in life. The more young people are able to articulate their strengths, hopes, and aspirations, the more comfortable they feel at describing and accepting themselves. Self-acceptance is linked to general life satisfaction. And don't we want our children to be happy in life?

2. Identify hidden talents. Too often our children have difficulty realizing their talents, but that doesn't mean they don't exist. They may just need the opportunity to try new things that reveal these hidden talents. As parents, we can barely pay attention to the things that pique our children's interest, motivate them, and make them want to learn and do more.

Here are some ways teens can discover their hidden talents:

  • Encourage them to notice the things that they enjoy doing. For example, what kinds of games do they like to play, books do they like to read, shows do they like to watch, or do they like to listen to music? Also, watch out for the things they like to do for fun in their free time, such as: B. Cooking, exercising or doing handicrafts in the garage. All of these clues can lead to a hidden talent.
  • Go through the process of elimination. Sometimes it is easier to see what we don't like to do than what we like to do, and that goes for teenagers too. What we don't like to do is equally important as it gives us the opportunity to cross things off our list and focus more on the things we like.
  • Encourage teens to pay attention to general news. Tell your children to listen to what others say about their strengths. It's easy for a teen to turn down a compliment, but chances are, these compliments share a common pattern. Encourage teenagers to look out for these patterns.

3. Stop, listen, and pay attention. Teach teenagers to listen to their inner voice. Sometimes the answer to the path we should follow lies in the silence of self-inquiry.

4. Explore and practice. When children know what they can do, encourage them to try it out. When a teenager likes to do something, it doesn't feel like work because it makes sense. When we do things, we don't like the hands of time moving slowly, but "time flies when you're having fun!"

5. Cultivate experiences. Help teenagers develop their talents and explore different pathways or careers that feed into their strengths. For example, if a teen wants to be in a band and play guitar, encourage music lessons, get into a band, and play in front of an audience. You can also discover jobs that involve guitars, such as becoming a guitar maker. There are so many wonderful professions that unlock similar talents, and exposing youth to these opportunities can open a window to endless possibilities.

6. Believe in them. After all, we have to believe in our children. We have to set aside our own desires and allow them to achieve theirs, even if that doesn't involve college. It is important that we regularly praise our youth for their accomplishments and that we support their dreams for this to fuel achievement and success.

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The nice thing about education is that it is always there and people can take advantage of the opportunity to go back to school at any point in their life. There is no perfect path to success in life. People go their own way and that may or may not include college. I wonder how many teenagers work hard to become who we want them to be instead of who they want to be ...